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Mangalarga Marchador Open House & Inspection By Dana Johnsen Photos by Shannon Ford

August 15th, 2015 was a good day for Mangalarga Marchador horses in western Canada. One mare who qualified for inspection and branding by the Brazilian association was approved and received her thumbs up for gait, conformation and attitude by Dr. Kate Barcelos of Brazil.


lmost all North American Marchador horses are able to be registered with the USMMA (North American association), and some who have qualifying parentage, can be dual registered with the originating Brazilian ABCCMM. This association has much more stringent criteria for registration, and both parents must have also been approved and registered.  Upon passing inspection, which includes records of marking,  evaluation of  gait and demeanour, plus measuring each part of the horse, then,  the horse receives a brand and microchip.  Having the inspector here presented a great opportunity to invite other Marchador horses and their owners from western Canada to assemble and create an open house of sorts for others to view and ride a Marchador. This was also the second ever ABCCMM Inspection in Canada! Bill and Sandy Dory from Spruce Grove

Alberta were able to attend with four of their Marchadors. Barb Hart brought along Gena Rome’s MM gelding, Dana Johnsen brought two Marchadors while local artist Shannon Ford left her five Marchadors at home but brought her camera. The remaining six MM’s reside in North Vancouver, Medicine Hat and Saskatoon.  (l to r) Julia Falk (Germany), Dr. Kate Barcelos (Brazil), Flying Oaks Valentim Beijo, Dana Johnsen (Penticton), Holly Hart (Cawston BC)

Bill Dory with Flying Oaks Athena and Valentim Beijo both bred by Rick Schatz of Flying Oaks Ranch

Spectators that attended the South Okanagan event were introduced to the horses and had a chance to ask Dr. Barcelos about the horses and their traits. Some took the chance to also ride one. We hope to organize another similar event in the future to share with more horse lovers… the appeal of this fascinating breed!

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